For Newbies: "Why didn't anyone tell me that..."

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Aliceacc, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Starista

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    ^^ I echo and agree 100% with each and every FABULOUS suggestions here! Also...

    ...give YOURSELF a fresh start every day! :) You may not leave every day feeling like you "made a difference," but the days you do will make up triple time for those days you wonder why they "didn't get it!"

    ...DON'T compare yourself with the classroom decor/amazing theme/brilliant borders of the teacher down the hall. In fact, my primary age kids love, use, and point out classroom posters that we make together rather than ones I purchase. Your dedication, commitment, and love for your job shines through your enthusiasm when you teach your lessons -- NOT through the $240.00 receipt from the teacher store.:lol:
     
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    Take time to reflect on your work and its results at least once a week. You may have been told to do this in student teaching and thought it was a drag, but I still go back to the journals from those weeks to see where my teaching style started. These days, I sit down with my team and we do a documented group reflection that often results in much-needed tweaks to the curriculum.
     
  3. Croissant

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    Always have an "extension activity" in mind in case your lesson/assignment does not take as long as you thought it would...

    Ask to see the boo-boo before actually handing over one of your precious bandaids!
     
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    Speaking of, peppermints can be a miracle cure for even the worst ailments...but be careful with this one, you don't want a desk full of vomit either...
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    Or a kid you didn't realize is diabetic having a mint with sugar in it.
     
  6. alilisa

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    This one is so true!!!! I learned the hard way this past year!!! ;)
     
  7. silverspoon65

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    Put a stretchy book cover on your teacher's editions - it makes them easy to ID and your students won't accidentally or "accidentally" end up with your book. You will probably have to get the jumbo size ones though.

    If you ARE having a bad day or just don't feel well, tell the kids. There have been a few exceptions of classes that would take advantage, but the majority of the time, if I say "guys, I really don't feel well today. Can we be cooperative and work quietly on XYZ please?" they will be considerate and work quietly.
     
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    I am cleaning out my closet tomorrow so I think I will grab something that I would otherwise get rid of as an emergency outfit.
     

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